Has anyone ever noticed how many TV shows got bad when they decided to introduce certain annoying "cute" little characters? This is a Hollywood syndrome that seems to go back a long time. Characters I can name, that fall into this syndrome are: I Love Lucy - Little Ricky: Cute looking kid, but he should've been seen and not heard. Poor kid obviously didn't take any acting lessons before he was hired. The Dick Van Dyke Show - Ritchie: If I hear another "MOMMY DADDY WATER" out of him, I think I'll shoot myself! The Brady Bunch - Cousin Oliver: The show went downhill as soon as the annoying Robbie Rist came onboard. The Partridge Family - Ricky: introduced as the cute singing kid next door, I would cringe when we had to hear him "sing". Married With Children - Seven: Ouch...Seven was hideous! Did this kid ever take an acting lesson? Thankfully his character was 86ed so fast that the show had time to recover, but the memories of his existence still aggravate us in reruns. Cartoons were a BIG culprit when it came to the cute little mascot syndrome, who can forget the king of annoyance: Scrappy Doo - Let me at im, let me at im! Batmite - Next time we want Batman to work alone, let's tell Batmite to join Robin. I can't even remember the name of that "cute" little alien in the Jetsons. Anyway, the episodes with him in it were surely not the best of the series. Well you get the idea. The list goes on and on. If anyone remembers more of these annoying characters, please feel free to add to the list.